Here we look at different bullbar types and the effects they can have on your vehicle.
SmartBars are a relatively new entrant to the market. These bullbars are constructed from plastic with a steel subframe, only weighing around 30-40kgs - depending on the vehicle make and model. Add a winch to the setup, and it still only weighs around 60-70kgs.
The Smartbar, although constructed from plastic, has superior spring-back after an impact compared to a steel bullbar.
Another option to decrease the weight of the bullbar is to use an aluminium bullbar option. These are up to 30% lighter than steel bullbars, and are available in a polished finish, or they can be powdercoated so they look just like their steel counterparts.
What effect do bullbars have on pedestrian safety?
In New Zealand, there are no current requirements for a class NA vehicle, such as a ute, to meet any formal impact standards. On the other hand it meets Australian Standard AS4876.1-2002 including 3.2 road user protection, and complies with the European Regulation for Pedestrian Safety.